Special guest mix, featuring music by LAND, Lucrecia Dalt, Yearning Kru, J.G. Biberkopf, Okokon, Sean McCann, James Place, Ulaan Passerine, Nicholas Jaar, Current 93, Matmos, Maja S. K. Ratkje, Jon Wesseltoft, Camille Norment, Per Gisle Galåen, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Voices From The Lake, Lakker, Gurun Gurun, Kenney, Kang, Park, Ahnnu, Morten HD, Marry Lattimore, Gabriel Saloman
“Weird Evening Lament” is a result of my collaboration with fellow mixer WeirdwithBeard. We’ve been following each other’s mixes for quite a while and decide to knock some shit together. The result is very eclectic, as you might expect. Hopefully it’ll make as much sense to you as it did to us.
The name Ulaan Passerine didn’t immediately ring a bell, but once I found out that it’s a project by Steven R. Smith of Hala Strana (among others), things started falling into place. This is a man with a respected, if relatively obscure, musical history, who played a central role in establishing experimental folk sounds in the US since the late nineties.
Even without that context, though, this new double tape on Brave Mysteries would have blown me away. These four pieces — each occupying a tape side of sixteen to eighteen minutes — are best classified as freefolk, but Smith has such a strong voice (figuratively speaking) that comparisons with other artists are practically useless to draw.